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<strong>June</strong> 2007 • www.staugcatholic.org<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

FATHER JOE p. 8<br />

the difference between<br />

venial and mortal sin<br />

Marriage Matters p. 13<br />

caring for aging parents<br />

Spiritual Fitness p. 14<br />

ridding our hearts<br />

of revenge<br />

Answering<br />

Bishop’s Message<br />

ways to increase<br />

religious vocations p.6<br />

Priests of North Florida<br />

one collar,<br />

many cultures p.16<br />


serving migrant<br />

farm workers p.24<br />

GOD’S CALL<br />

Bishop Victor Galeone Ordains Three Men to Priesthood

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Paving the<br />

Road Ahead<br />

This is the story of a<br />

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support <strong>Catholic</strong> Charities<br />

and the work they do in<br />

the diocese. His gift of<br />

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the annual income on<br />

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forever.<br />

Planned giving today<br />

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<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

contents<br />

<strong>June</strong> 2007 Volume XVI Issue 10<br />

The <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> is the official magazine of the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong>,<br />

which embraces 17 counties spanning northeast and north central Florida from the<br />

Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. The diocese covers 11,032 square miles and<br />

serves more than 164,000 registered <strong>Catholic</strong>s.<br />

Special<br />

features<br />

16<br />

9<br />

One Collar, Many Cultures Since its<br />

early beginnings, the Diocese of Saint<br />

<strong>Augustine</strong> has been richly blessed with priests<br />

willing to leave their homeland to serve the people<br />

of Florida. It began with the Spanish, French and<br />

Irish and today we have priests from countries as<br />

far away as Poland and India. – Amelia Eudy<br />

Scott Smith<br />

Bringing Christ to Migrant Farm Workers<br />

24 Three Claretian Sisters of Miami are on a<br />

mission – they are providing much needed outreach<br />

to the migrant farm workers living and working in<br />

Mayo, Fla. Learn why they answered God’s call to<br />

live a life of service. – Amelia Eudy<br />

What Happens During an<br />

Ordination? Discover the meaning<br />

behind the signs, symbols and traditions<br />

that are part of an ordination ceremony<br />

for the priesthood and diaconate.<br />

18<br />

Cover <strong>St</strong>ory: They<br />

Answered God’s Call<br />

On <strong>June</strong> 23 at 10:30 a.m., Bishop<br />

Victor Galeone will ordain three<br />

men to the priesthood. Read<br />

their profiles and say a prayer<br />

of thanksgiving as they prepare<br />

for ordination later this month.<br />

– Kathleen Bagg-Morgan<br />

On the Cover: From left, Deacons Robert Trujillo, <strong>St</strong>even Zehler and David<br />

Ruchinski. They stand before the Cathedral-Basilica of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> where they will<br />

be ordained to the priesthood on <strong>June</strong> 23. Cover Photo: Scott Smith<br />

Special<br />

Amelia Eudy<br />

what you’ll get<br />

out of this issue<br />

4 editor’s notes<br />

Called to Serve – Kathleen Bagg-Morgan<br />

5 saint of the month<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Romuald – Elizabeth Johnson<br />

6 bishop’s message<br />

Pray for a Rich Harvest of Souls<br />

– Bishop Victor Galeone<br />

7 from the archives<br />

The First Parish Mass – Michael Gannon, Ph.D.<br />

8 in the know with Father Joe<br />

What is the difference between mortal and<br />

venial sin? – Father Joseph Krupp<br />

10 theology 101 What does John mean<br />

when he calls Jesus “The Word”? – Elizabeth Solsburg<br />

12 your marriage matters Caring for<br />

Aging Parents – Deborah McCormack<br />

13 parenting journey The challenge of<br />

raising your grandchildren – Dr. Cathleen McGreal<br />

14 spiritual fitness Ridding our Hearts of<br />

Revenge – Father Bill Ashbaugh<br />

22 parish profile Queen of Peace Parish,<br />

Gainesville – Shannon Scruby-Henderson<br />

26 around the diocese<br />

28 work life Maintaining a sense of personal<br />

vision – Tim Ryan<br />

29 book reviews – <strong>Catholic</strong> News Service<br />

30 calendar of events<br />

10<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>June</strong> 2007

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<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

The Magazine of the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

Most Rev. Victor Galeone<br />

Publisher<br />

Kathleen Bagg-Morgan<br />

Editor<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />

Editorial Assistant/Subscriptions<br />

Patrick McKinney<br />

Art Director/Graphic Designer<br />

Father Bill Ashbaugh<br />

Amelia Eudy<br />

Michael Gannon, Ph.D.<br />

Shannon Scruby-Henderson<br />

Elizabeth Johnson<br />

Father Joseph Krupp<br />

Deb McCormack<br />

Dr. Cathleen McGreal<br />

Tim Ryan<br />

Elizabeth Solsburg<br />

Contributing Writers<br />

Amelia Eudy<br />

Tom Gennara<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />

Scott Smith<br />

Contributing Photographers<br />

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editor’s notes<br />

Called to Serve<br />

T<br />

he average age of men ordained<br />

to the <strong>Catholic</strong> priesthood in the<br />

United <strong>St</strong>ates in 2007 is 35, and one<br />

out of three of them is foreign born.<br />

In addition, most entered the seminary with a<br />

college diploma, some with advanced degrees<br />

in areas such as law, medicine and education.<br />

The information was compiled by the<br />

Georgetown University-based Center for<br />

Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA)<br />

for The Class of 2007: Survey of Ordinands to<br />

the Priesthood. CARA conducts the survey<br />

annually for the United <strong>St</strong>ates Conference of<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Bishops’ Secretariat for Vocations and<br />

Priestly Formation.<br />

Researchers gathered information from 282<br />

seminarians, estimated to be approximately 60<br />

percent of the 475 potential ordinands (men to<br />

be ordained). These 282 seminarians include<br />

221 ordinands to the diocesan priesthood and<br />

60 to the religious priesthood. The complete<br />

survey can be found at www.usccb.<br />

org/vocations.<br />

In the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong>,<br />

we are blessed to have three<br />

men who will be ordained to the<br />

priesthood on Saturday,<br />

<strong>June</strong> 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the<br />

Cathedral-Basilica of<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong>. The<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> community<br />

is encouraged to<br />

attend the ordination<br />

Mass. Turn to page 9 for<br />

a brief backgrounder that<br />

explains the signs, symbols<br />

and traditions of an ordination<br />

ceremony in the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Church. It is one of the most<br />

beautiful ceremonies you will<br />

ever experience.<br />

The average age of men ordained<br />

to the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong> this<br />

year is 38. Deacons David Ruchinski,<br />

Robert Trujillo and <strong>St</strong>even Zehler are<br />

all American-born, they have attended<br />

college and each had professional careers<br />

before entering the seminary. Turn to page<br />

18 to read their profiles.<br />

Our newest priests will join a long list<br />

of distinguished priests who have served<br />

the <strong>Catholic</strong> faithful in North Florida since<br />

by Kathleen Bagg-Morgan<br />

the late 1500s. Dr. Michael Gannon, in his<br />

column, “From the Archives,” page 7, writes<br />

about the first parish Mass celebrated in the<br />

whole of North America north of Mexico.<br />

Father Francisco López de Mendoza of Spain<br />

celebrated the Mass of Thanksgiving on<br />

Sept. 8, 1565.<br />

Spanish priests were the first to bring the<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> faith to the indigenous people of<br />

Florida. As the <strong>Catholic</strong> population grew,<br />

Father Pedro Camps of Minorca, and Fathers<br />

Thomas Hassett and Michael O’Reilly of<br />

Ireland ministered to their needs. Bishop<br />

Augustin Verot, a native of Le Puy, France,<br />

became the first bishop of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong>.<br />

The first religious order priests to serve in<br />

Florida were the Jesuits and Franciscans, and<br />

over the years, many foreign-born priests and<br />

women religious followed. Today we have<br />

priests serving in the diocese from as far away<br />

as Viet Nam, Poland and India.<br />

And while we have reason to rejoice and<br />

be thankful for the diversity of our clergy,<br />

we need to be mindful that there is a<br />

shortage of diocesan priests and we need<br />

to nurture men and women among us to<br />

answer God’s call to serve.<br />

If you know someone that<br />

you think would make a good<br />

priest or nun – tell them. Or<br />

have them call our Vocations<br />

Office at (904) 262-3200,<br />

ext. 101 or Dominican Sister<br />

Maureen Kelley, the bishop’s<br />

Delegate for Religious at (904)<br />

264-0577 or visit vocations at<br />

www.dosafl.com.<br />

– Kathleen Bagg-Morgan,<br />

editor<br />

Corrections:<br />

The amount raised for the<br />

Red Rose Ball hosted by the<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Vincent’s Foundation, Feb.<br />

9, was incorrectly published<br />

in our April issue. More than<br />

$200,000 was raised this<br />

year. We apologize for the<br />

error.<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>June</strong> 2007

saint<br />

saint of the month<br />

Saint Romuald<br />

how a duel sent him into solitude<br />

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Saint Romuald<br />

Birthplace: Ravenna, Italy<br />

Feast Day: <strong>June</strong> 19<br />

Claim to fame: Born to Italian<br />

nobility, Romuald enjoyed the<br />

pleasures of his family’s wealth and<br />

position during his early years. His<br />

life shifted dramatically, however,<br />

after he watched his father kill a<br />

relative in a duel over property.<br />

Overcome with shame by his<br />

father’s actions, Romuald withdrew<br />

to the monastery of <strong>St</strong>. Apollinare<br />

to serve penance for his father’s sin<br />

as if it were his own. There, Romuald<br />

embraced the monastic life and sought<br />

an even more austere existence than<br />

the one practiced by the Benedictine<br />

monks. After several years of devoted<br />

study and prayer, he was made an<br />

abbot. But when he attempted to<br />

impose his stricter discipline on the<br />

monks, they strongly resented his<br />

reforms. Romuald left to wander the<br />

mountains in solitude.<br />

Why he is a saint: After<br />

establishing several small hermitages,<br />

he embarked on a mission to<br />

evangelize the pagans of Hungary. But<br />

his journey was interrupted by sickness.<br />

Convinced his illness was a sign that<br />

God wanted him to remain in Italy,<br />

Romuald returned to his homeland.<br />

He traveled extensively through the<br />

country’s central and northern regions,<br />

establishing hermitages and attracting<br />

disciples along the way.<br />

Best quote: In 1005, Romuald<br />

went to Val-di-Castro for about two<br />

years. When he left, he prophesied that<br />

he would return to die there alone and<br />

unaided.<br />

How he died: He built more<br />

hermitages in the mountains before<br />

retiring to his cell at a monastery he<br />

had founded in the Val-di-Castro. As he<br />

predicted, he died alone in his cell on<br />

<strong>June</strong> 19 in about the year 1027.<br />

Prayer: Dear Father, as <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Romuald searched for solitude in which<br />

to serve you, may I always make quiet<br />

time in my busy life to serve you, too.<br />

For you are the great Creator, and the<br />

one who will bring me peace. May I<br />

do your will in my everyday life, and<br />

through my deeds, show your love<br />

to others. For you are our salvation.<br />

Amen.<br />

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from the bishop<br />

by Bishop Victor Galeone<br />

Pray for a Rich Harvest of Souls<br />

ishop, I have a question. We hear a lot of talk these<br />

days about the priest shortage in our country. I’d like<br />

to know what our diocese is doing about vocations<br />

“B– especially to the priesthood.”<br />

At almost all of the town hall meetings<br />

conducted during my pastoral visitations,<br />

I’ve had to respond to similar inquiries. My<br />

response has invariably been the same.<br />

Vocations – whether to the priesthood<br />

or the religious life – depend on four<br />

key factors: solid family life, good role<br />

models, invitation and prayer. Let’s<br />

examine each one.<br />

With few exceptions the Lord extends<br />

the call to serve as a priest or religious to<br />

those who have a solid family background.<br />

There are exceptions, like <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

and <strong>St</strong>. Paul, who both had conversion<br />

experiences prior to their call to service.<br />

But normally vocations are nourished in<br />

homes where parents deeply love each<br />

other and their children. In such homes,<br />

family prayer is the norm, whether at<br />

meals or the recitation of the rosary or<br />

scripture reading.<br />

Prospective candidates to the<br />

priesthood and religious life respond to<br />

good role models who exude joy. These<br />

role models exemplify in their lives the fact<br />

that there is no high like the high of falling<br />

in love with Jesus and sharing that love<br />

with others. Young people today crave to<br />

be challenged. If there’s a happy priest or<br />

sister in their parish with whom they can<br />

relate, they instinctively ask themselves,<br />

“I wonder if I could be like Father Tom or<br />

Sister Jean.”<br />

An invitation is the third component in<br />

fostering vocations. In the Gospels Jesus<br />

always took the initiative in calling the<br />

disciples. How important it is for a priest<br />

or sister or even a parishioner to suggest<br />

to a younger member, “I’ve been noticing<br />

you lately. Have you thought about serving<br />

the Lord as priest?” Or perhaps, “Do you<br />

think the Lord might be calling you to be a<br />

sister? I think you’d make a great one.”<br />

The fourth and most important means<br />

of resolving the vocation shortage is<br />

prayer. In fact, the only means Jesus ever<br />

identified for securing vocations was just<br />

that – prayer! “The harvest is great but<br />

the laborers are few. So pray that the<br />

Lord of the harvest will send laborers out<br />

to his harvest.” (Lk 10:2) Let’s take the<br />

Lord at his word. Let’s remember this<br />

intention every day in prayer, “Lord, bless<br />

us with good priests, brothers and sisters<br />

to help bring the harvest of souls into your<br />

Kingdom.”<br />

In stark contrast to the Lord’s solution<br />

to the vocation shortage, at times we<br />

adopt a radically different approach. I<br />

recall reading about the vocation director<br />

of the Pallotine Fathers, who back in the<br />

60s placed an ad in Playboy magazine.<br />

It generated national press coverage.<br />

Questioned about the ad, the vocation<br />

director explained without apology: “Well,<br />

Jesus mixed in with publicans and sinners,<br />

didn’t he? Besides, <strong>St</strong>. Paul, <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

and even Francis of Assisi are among<br />

our greatest saints – yet prior to their<br />

conversion they were sinners.”<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Ignatius of Loyola falls into the latter<br />

category. While recovering from a leg<br />

wound received in battle, he passed the<br />

time reading frivolous and suggestive<br />

novels. One day on finishing a novel, he<br />

asked his attendant to fetch him another,<br />

only to be told that all that was left were<br />

a life of Christ and some lives of the<br />

saints. Disappointed, he began reading<br />

these. He felt inspired to imitate Jesus<br />

and the saints, reasoning with himself:<br />

“What if I could do what <strong>St</strong>. Francis or<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Dominic did?” Then worldly thoughts<br />

from the risqué novels would return<br />

– which initially gave him great pleasure,<br />

only to leave him later feeling weary and<br />

depressed. Not so with the lives of the<br />

saints. He not only experienced great<br />

pleasure when he thought about living<br />

the rigorous sort of life they had lived;<br />

but even after he had stopped thinking<br />

about them, he still felt great joy. He<br />

surrendered his heart to the Lord and<br />

became the leader of a spiritual army,<br />

launching the counter-reformation.<br />

I close with three requests. For those<br />

discerning their call in life, pray this<br />

prayer every day: “Lord, let me know<br />

what you want me to do with my life.” For<br />

parents and grandparents, instead of an<br />

iPod or video game, make that birthday<br />

gift for your son, daughter or grandchild<br />

the life of one of the saints, like Blessed<br />

Miguel Pro or <strong>St</strong>. Katherine Drexel. And<br />

for all of us, do not let a single day go by<br />

that we don’t ask the Lord to send solid<br />

workers to help bring in a rich harvest<br />

of souls.<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>June</strong> 2007

archives<br />

First Parish Mass<br />

by Michael Gannon, Ph.D.<br />

from the archives<br />

The Florida expedition of<br />

Admiral Pedro Menéndez de<br />

Avilés anchored off an inlet<br />

on the northeast coast of this<br />

peninsula on September 6,<br />

1565. Father Francisco López<br />

de Mendoza, fleet chaplain<br />

and soon to be first pastor<br />

of Menéndez’s settlement,<br />

described what then transpired:<br />

“Two companies of infantry<br />

now disembarked. They were well<br />

received by the natives, who gave<br />

them a large house belonging to<br />

a chief. [These were a tribe of the<br />

Timucuan nation.] It was situated<br />

near the shore of the river [months<br />

later called Matanzas River, the name<br />

it still bears today]. The brave soldiers,<br />

who had no tools with which to work the<br />

earth, accomplished the construction of a<br />

defensive fortification, and when, two days<br />

later, the Admiral disembarked, he was<br />

quite surprised with what had been done.”<br />

Father López’s description of the formal<br />

ceremonies of landing contains such vivid<br />

imagery one can easily form pictures and<br />

sound tracks in the mind:<br />

“On Saturday, the 8th of September, the<br />

Admiral landed with many banners spread,<br />

to the sound of trumpets and salutes of<br />

artillery. As I had gone ashore the evening<br />

before, I took a cross and went to meet<br />

him, singing the hymn Te Deum laudamus<br />

[O God We Praise You].<br />

“The Admiral marched up to the cross,<br />

followed by all who accompanied him, and<br />

there they all kneeled and embraced the<br />

cross. A large number of natives watched<br />

these proceedings and imitated all they<br />

saw done.”<br />

Father López does not give us a precise<br />

number of the natives present, but we<br />

do have a fairly accurate figure for the<br />

Spanish force: 500 soldiers, 200 sailors,<br />

and 100 civilian farmers and craftsmen,<br />

some with wives and children.<br />

The first Mass celebrated in <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

on Sept. 8, 1565. Photo is of an engraving<br />

made from a painting commissioned in<br />

France by Bishop Augustin Verot in 1875.<br />

Menéndez took formal possession of<br />

the entire peninsula in the name of his<br />

monarch King Philip II. He announced<br />

that his settlement would carry the name<br />

Saint <strong>Augustine</strong>, since it was on the feast<br />

day of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong> of Hippo (A.D.<br />

354-430), August 28 that Menéndez<br />

had made his first sighting of the Florida<br />

shoreline, at Cape Canaveral. Thus began<br />

the city and parish of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong>.<br />

Father López had devised a primitive<br />

altar, probably of palm logs, and the entire<br />

Spanish community now gathered before<br />

it to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving,<br />

expressing gratitude for a safe arrival in La<br />

Florida after the perilous Atlantic crossing.<br />

The liturgy of the day observed the Nativity<br />

of the Blessed Virgin Mary.<br />

That liturgy was the first parish Mass<br />

to be celebrated in the whole of North<br />

America north of Mexico. When, after<br />

Mass, “Menéndez had the natives fed<br />

and dined himself,” he set in place the<br />

first community meal of Thanksgiving in<br />

the first permanent European settlement<br />

in the land, antedating the better-known<br />

Thanksgiving in Massachusetts by 56<br />

years. The meal served here was probably<br />

cocido, a stew of salted pork and garbanzo<br />

beans, laced with garlic, and served with<br />

ship’s bread and red wine.<br />

Frantizek Zvardon<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>June</strong> 2007

fr. joe<br />

in the know with Fr. Joe<br />

Dear Father Joe<br />

What’s the difference between<br />

mortal and venial sins<br />

OK, first we need to establish<br />

the fact that there are a lot of<br />

different types of sin. The Bible,<br />

as well as the Catechism of the<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Church, is filled with examples of<br />

how we sin (as is television!) The catechism<br />

sums it all up nicely in section 1853:<br />

Sins can be distinguished according to their<br />

objects, as can every human act; or according to<br />

the virtues they oppose, by excess or defect; or<br />

according to the commandments they violate.<br />

They can also be classed according to whether<br />

they concern God, neighbor, or oneself; they<br />

can be divided into spiritual and carnal sins,<br />

or again as sins in thought, word, deed, or<br />

omission. The root of sin is in the heart of man,<br />

in his free will, according to the teaching of the<br />

Lord: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts,<br />

murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false<br />

witness, slander. These are what defile a man.”<br />

But in the heart also resides charity, the source<br />

of the good and pure works, which sin wounds.<br />

That’s a pretty helpful summary. Through<br />

it, we see that sin can be classified by what<br />

it attacks and how and why it attacks the<br />

good. We can sin by doing something;<br />

we can sin by not doing something. The<br />

catechism makes clear that our hearts are<br />

the problem, as is our abuse of free will.<br />

The cool thing is, and this is classic God,<br />

the heart is a place where hope is – as Jesus,<br />

who redeemed us, lives there.<br />

Now, in general, all sins fall into one of<br />

two categories: mortal and venial. What is<br />

the difference? The difference tends to be<br />

manifested most clearly in the consequences<br />

of our actions (or inaction!).<br />

When we commit a mortal sin, we damage<br />

our soul in a very specific way: We wound<br />

our hearts’ ability to repent and receive mercy.<br />

The damage we do is real and intense, and the<br />

One morning, a certain American senator instructed his attorney to notify him<br />

as soon as a judgment was handed down in a case concerning his involvement in an<br />

influence-peddling scheme. Early that afternoon, he received a fax: “JUSTlCE HAS<br />

PREVAILED.” “He immediately faxed back: “APPEAL AT ONCE!”<br />

catechism tells us that it takes a special initiative<br />

of mercy on God’s part to heal us. (1856)<br />

So, what are the mortal sins? Well, it’s easier<br />

to describe how a mortal sin is committed than<br />

what specific sins are mortal. Here is an easy<br />

way to remember it: C.I.A.<br />

That acronym works like this:<br />

C. Circumstance: We have to be<br />

completely free to choose to sin or not.<br />

I. Intent: We have to know that it is a sin,<br />

be free to not do it and do it anyway.<br />

A. Action: The sin needs to be of a serious<br />

matter.<br />

If we commit a sin and all three of these<br />

things are simultaneously true, then we have<br />

committed a mortal sin. The consequences<br />

are that we should not receive Communion<br />

without either going to confession or making<br />

sure that we are going to go to confession as<br />

soon as is possible.<br />

So, then, what is venial sin? Venial sin is,<br />

simply, all the rest. Venial sins are those sins<br />

that damage our hearts and souls, but still allow<br />

God’s love to live and work within us. The<br />

danger of venial sins is that they are a choice<br />

we make toward something less than God<br />

and what he wants for us. According to the<br />

catechism, venial sins also have the ability to<br />

condition us to commit a mortal sin. You know<br />

how it goes, the more we sin, the more open<br />

we are to sinning and the more difficult it is to<br />

recognize the sin and repent.<br />

I hope this is helpful; the key to all of this<br />

is to remember the power and consistency of<br />

God’s mercy. There is nothing we can do that<br />

God can’t forgive; we need to remember to ask.<br />

Enjoy another day in God’s presence<br />

– Father Joseph Krupp<br />

Send your questions to:<br />

“In the Know with Father Joe”<br />

c/o FAITH Magazine<br />

300 W. Ottawa<br />

Lansing, MI 48933<br />

Or:<br />

JoeInBlack@priest.com<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>June</strong> 2007

ordination<br />

what<br />

happens<br />

during<br />

an<br />

Ordination?<br />

Call from the bishop and<br />

1 presentation, where a notary<br />

testifies to candidates’ readiness.<br />

2<br />

3<br />

4<br />

5<br />

6<br />

7<br />

Election by the bishop<br />

and the consent of the<br />

people.<br />

The homily is preached by the<br />

bishop.<br />

Candidates being ordained deacons<br />

with the intention of later being<br />

ordained priests, commit to celibacy.<br />

The candidates are examined by<br />

the bishop as to their resolution and<br />

willingness to serve the people of God.<br />

The promise of<br />

obedience is given.<br />

The candidates then prostrate<br />

themselves on the floor while<br />

the Litany of the Saints is sung.<br />

The prostration is a symbol of their<br />

death to their former lives and their<br />

8<br />

9<br />

10<br />

rising into a new Spirit-filled and<br />

resurrected life in the risen Christ<br />

– who came among us not to be<br />

served, but to serve. The Litany of<br />

the Saints calls them down upon the<br />

candidates as the cloud of witnesses<br />

who will support and sustain them<br />

in their new lives as deacons.<br />

The most solemn moment of the<br />

ordination is the laying on of<br />

hands. This is done<br />

in silence, the bishop<br />

laying both hands<br />

on the head of each<br />

ordained.<br />

With the candidates kneeling<br />

before the bishop, he extends<br />

his hands over them and prays<br />

the Consecratory<br />

Prayer, calling down<br />

the Holy Spirit upon<br />

them to join them<br />

into the Spirit-filled<br />

humanity of the risen Christ.<br />

Newly ordained deacons are<br />

then vested with the stole and<br />

dalmatic. The dalmatic<br />

is a symbol of service to<br />

God’s people. English<br />

monarchs wear dalmatics<br />

when they are crowned. The<br />

original dalmatics were woven<br />

from white Dalmatian wool.<br />

11<br />

12<br />

13<br />

14<br />

Newly ordained priests are<br />

then vested with the stole and<br />

chasuble. The stole was<br />

the symbol of office worn<br />

by civil magistrates in<br />

the time of Constantine.<br />

The chasuble was an outer festive<br />

garment worn by Roman men on the<br />

occasion of great celebrations and<br />

festivals.<br />

The hands of the newly ordained<br />

priests are anointed<br />

with chrism, the holy<br />

oil that permeates them<br />

with the presence of the<br />

anointed, the Christ.<br />

Newly ordained deacons receive the<br />

Book of Gospels from the hands of the<br />

bishop, who tells them:<br />

“Receive the Gospel of<br />

Christ, whose herald you<br />

are. Believe what you<br />

read, teach what you<br />

believe, and practice what you teach.”<br />

Newly ordained priests receive a<br />

chalice and a paten, charging them<br />

to imitate the Christ<br />

who gave us his body<br />

and blood at the Last<br />

Supper on the night<br />

before he died.<br />

The kiss of peace is<br />

given by the bishop<br />

to each of the newly<br />

ordained priests or<br />

deacons.<br />

The bishop and the newly ordained<br />

continue with the eucharistic part of<br />

the Mass.<br />

It is noteworthy that in the chronological<br />

development of the church, deacons were<br />

the first to be ordained by the apostles.<br />

Subsequently, presbyters were ordained to<br />

represent their bishops (successors to the<br />

apostles) in parishes to which they were sent<br />

by their bishops.<br />

For more information on vocations<br />

visit us online at: www.dosafl.com<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>June</strong> 2007

t h e o l o g y 1 0 1<br />

theology 101<br />

by Elizabeth Solsburg<br />

This year, the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> is exploring<br />

Christology – the study of Jesus Christ. We<br />

asked several eminent seminary professors<br />

some questions about Jesus. Their answers<br />

are enlightening and thought-provoking.<br />

Meet the<br />

professors<br />

Who is Christ? a year-long conversation with theologians<br />

Father Acklin Father Muller Father <strong>St</strong>evens<br />

Father Thomas Acklin is a monk of <strong>St</strong>. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pa.<br />

He is a graduate of Duqesne University, <strong>St</strong>. Vincent Seminary, The <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

University of Louvain and Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute.<br />

Father Earl Muller is The Bishop Kevin M. Britt Professor of Theology/<br />

Christology at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. He formerly taught at Marquette<br />

University in Wisconsin.<br />

Father Gladstone <strong>St</strong>evens is on the faculty of <strong>St</strong>. Mary Seminary<br />

in Baltimore.<br />

Jesus<br />

as the<br />

Why is that one<br />

of his titles? How is he<br />

present?<br />

QSAC: What does John mean<br />

when he calls Jesus “the<br />

Word”? How is that relevant<br />

to us?<br />

Father <strong>St</strong>evens: There are so<br />

many ties to the Old Testament<br />

in this. The Jewish people<br />

became a nation after the<br />

Exodus, but it took more than<br />

just this event. The absence of<br />

slavery is not freedom. People<br />

need a shape, a form for their<br />

lives. The Torah did this for the<br />

Israelites – it gave them the<br />

Word. The giving of this word<br />

establishes the people. The<br />

Jewish imagination moved from<br />

that experience to the recognition<br />

that everything came from the<br />

word, debar. We are not created<br />

out of God’s struggle with<br />

demonic forces, not a people<br />

theologian<br />

of the month<br />

Athanasius of<br />

Alexandria<br />

(c. 298-373)<br />

Athanasius<br />

was the<br />

patriarch of<br />

Alexandria in the<br />

fourth century.<br />

He is famous<br />

for his defense<br />

against the heresy<br />

of Arianism<br />

which some<br />

theologians believe<br />

almost prevailed.<br />

Athanasius<br />

countered Arius’<br />

teaching that there<br />

was a time when<br />

God existed, but<br />

Jesus did not.<br />

Athanasius<br />

attended the<br />

Council at<br />

Nicea, where the<br />

famous creed<br />

was developed,<br />

and he is one of<br />

the doctors of the<br />

church.<br />

Athanasius is<br />

the first person<br />

to identify the<br />

canon of the<br />

New Testament<br />

as being the 27<br />

books we use<br />

today.<br />

Athanasius<br />

was originally<br />

buried in<br />

Alexandria; his<br />

body was then<br />

transferred to Italy.<br />

In 1973, Pope<br />

Shenouda III<br />

(Coptic Orthodox<br />

Church) met with<br />

Pope Paul VI, and<br />

Athanasius’ relics<br />

were restored to<br />

Egypt.<br />

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Heresy!<br />

Arianism: Jesus not human or divine<br />

This is the granddaddy of the early church’s heresies about the nature<br />

of Jesus Christ. It was pervasive, with a huge following – some scholars think it<br />

almost carried the day. Arianism is a system of thought based on the teachings of<br />

Arius of Alexandar. Arius believed that God the Father embodied the only true divine<br />

nature. He was too pure to appear on earth – and so he created Jesus as the first<br />

and best of all things in the cosmos. Like the adoptionists, Arius held that the Son<br />

was not of the nature of the Father, he was adopted. Some of his followers also<br />

believed that the Son created the Holy Spirit in the same way.<br />

This heresy occasioned the first great ecumenical<br />

council, that of Nicea, in 325, where Arianism was<br />

condemned. Its chief opponent was <strong>St</strong>. Athanasius. The<br />

statement of beliefs that was developed at Nicea is recited the<br />

world over at Sunday Mass – it is called The Nicene Creed.<br />

built on the body of a slain dragon, but rather the loving creation of<br />

God’s spoken word. Whenever God speaks, he creates something<br />

John makes<br />

it particularly<br />

clear that the Word is<br />

the son who comes<br />

from the father. This<br />

is the mystery<br />

of the Trinity –<br />

God is, in himself, a<br />

communion of love.<br />

new. When he speaks to a prophet, that<br />

person becomes a prophet. The word<br />

from which everything came is not an<br />

impersonal word – it is the Word, the<br />

son of God.<br />

Father Acklin: There are three<br />

personifications of God in the Old<br />

Testament: word, wisdom and spirit.<br />

They are not yet fully revealed as<br />

persons. The Word, as we find out<br />

in John’s Gospel, is the son of God.<br />

Through him all things are made. In the Old Testament, the<br />

spirit of the Lord descends upon a prophet or king. But in the<br />

New Testament, it is revealed that the Holy Spirit and Jesus are<br />

individual and divine persons. John makes it particularly clear that<br />

Bible Quiz<br />

Judge, prophet, composer.<br />

Who am I?<br />

I am one of the famous<br />

Judges of Israel (you<br />

know, the ones the<br />

book in the Bible is<br />

written about) and<br />

I was famous for my<br />

prophecies. I called<br />

forth General Barak<br />

to lead the Israelites<br />

in battle against the<br />

opposing general,<br />

Sisera. But I<br />

knew Barak<br />

what does that<br />

symbol mean?<br />

Fish<br />

The fish is<br />

probably the<br />

oldest symbol<br />

used by the<br />

early Christians.<br />

The symbol<br />

derives from<br />

the letters of the<br />

Greek word for<br />

fish, ichthys, which<br />

are the first letters<br />

of the statement,<br />

Iesous Christos<br />

Theou Yios (Jesus<br />

Christ, Son of<br />

God, Savior).<br />

wouldn’t be responsible for the final<br />

victory – another Israelite took care<br />

of that while Sisera slept.<br />

My song is one of the oldest<br />

parts of the Bible, and I think it’s<br />

beautiful poetry.<br />

Unlike judges today, who<br />

have to sit in stuffy robes in a<br />

stuffier courtroom, I delivered my<br />

judgments beneath a palm tree in<br />

Ephraim. And, oh, yes, sometimes<br />

I am called the “mother of Israel.”<br />

Who am I?<br />

Answer: Deborah<br />

the Word is the son who comes from the<br />

Father. This is the mystery of the Trinity<br />

– God is, in himself, a communion of love.<br />

Our one God is a communion of three<br />

individual hypostases. There are three<br />

individual divine persons, whose selfgiving<br />

love to each other is totally given<br />

to the other in their respective ways: the<br />

Father eternally begetting, the Son eternally<br />

begotten and returning all to the Father, the<br />

Spirit saying nothing he does not hear from<br />

the Father and Son. The interpenetrating<br />

love is so total that they are perfectly one.<br />

Father Muller: This particular<br />

identification of Jesus only occurs in the<br />

prologue of John’s Gospel. It contains the<br />

echoes of the Old Testament’s constant<br />

refrain: The word of the Lord came to<br />

Jeremiah, to Isaiah, to all the prophets.<br />

If you look at the Septuagint, the Greek<br />

for that Old Testament experience is<br />

translated as, “The word became.” It’s that<br />

language that John picks up<br />

in his Gospel. In saying<br />

this, I differ from what<br />

some older scriptural<br />

exegetes saw: an infusion<br />

of Hellenistic philosophy.<br />

I think John is<br />

summarizing and<br />

integrating the<br />

Old Testament<br />

in his reference<br />

to the Word.<br />

“The Word<br />

became flesh”<br />

is an interesting<br />

statement, because<br />

the first mention of<br />

flesh in Scripture<br />

is the story of<br />

Adam and Eve<br />

– “flesh of my flesh<br />

and bone of my<br />

bone.” It’s as if<br />

John is saying that<br />

Jesus entered<br />

into a nuptial<br />

relationship with<br />

his people.<br />

Elizabeth Solsburg<br />

esolsburg@faithpublishingservice.com<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>June</strong> 2007 11

your marriage matters<br />

by Deb McCormack<br />

romance<br />

The couple<br />

that prays<br />

together …<br />

When going to<br />

church, we may<br />

not always be<br />

mindful of how<br />

our marriage<br />

sacrament is<br />

alive to others. If<br />

possible, avoid<br />

sitting in the pew<br />

as “bookends”<br />

separated with<br />

your children<br />

between the two<br />

of you. Sit next<br />

to each other,<br />

side-by-side.<br />

Hold hands as<br />

you pray and<br />

sing together.<br />

money<br />

Acquaint<br />

yourself with<br />

your finances<br />

Both partners<br />

in a marriage<br />

should know<br />

the ins and<br />

outs of the joint<br />

finances. Make<br />

sure you know<br />

what’s in your<br />

accounts, what<br />

your household<br />

debts are, and<br />

where all the<br />

important papers<br />

are. Consider<br />

a folder labeled<br />

“important<br />

stuff” containing<br />

account<br />

numbers,<br />

passwords<br />

and insurance<br />

information.<br />

Dawn and Sam have been<br />

married for 15 years. They<br />

have three children under<br />

the age of 14. Sam’s mother<br />

is widowed and has some health<br />

problems – Sam wants her to move in.<br />

I want my<br />

mother to move in<br />

Sam says: My mom is a diabetic<br />

and I worry about her living alone<br />

now that my dad is gone. I believe<br />

families should stick together and take care of each<br />

other, so I’d like her to live with us. We have room,<br />

as long as two of the kids share. This is my mother<br />

we’re talking about; I can’t believe Dawn doesn’t<br />

understand why we should ask her to move here.<br />

I don’t<br />

Dawn says: Sam’s mom is not<br />

an invalid, and could live on her<br />

own quite easily. And we hardly<br />

have any time to ourselves as it is, after we’ve taken<br />

care of the kids. I know Sam loves his mother, but she<br />

is not the easiest woman to get along with, believe me.<br />

I don’t think I can deal with two women in the same<br />

household.<br />

He said<br />

She said<br />

what do they do?<br />

Intergenerational caretaking<br />

is becoming a<br />

hot topic in many<br />

families. We have all heard about the<br />

“sandwich generation,” those who<br />

have elderly parents and are still<br />

caring for children.<br />

In a family, the core unit is the<br />

marriage – it is the heart and stabilizing<br />

force. Couples should prioritize this<br />

important relationship always. This is<br />

easier said than done. Often, we take<br />

our spouse for granted and assume<br />

he or she is self-sufficient. In caring<br />

for elderly parents, we always need to<br />

talk to our partners and listen to their<br />

thoughts, feelings and needs.<br />

So, first and foremost, Sam needs<br />

to listen to Dawn’s concerns: What are<br />

the problems and challenges she sees?<br />

What are the benefits? How will this<br />

decision impact their home life and their<br />

Deb McCormack<br />

12 <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>June</strong> 2007

children? Sam can talk about<br />

his concerns for mom and his<br />

feelings now that his father is<br />

not there to care for her. I would<br />

also encourage Sam to talk to any<br />

other siblings in his family who<br />

could help ensure their mom’s<br />

safety and well-being. It’s possible<br />

that some of his brothers or<br />

sisters may feel the same worry<br />

and together they can ensure<br />

mom’s health and safety and not<br />

overburden one child/family.<br />

Having a relative move in to<br />

your household is not a decision<br />

to be taken lightly. Dawn’s<br />

concerns of getting along and two<br />

women in a household are very<br />

valid and need to be discussed<br />

thoroughly. Is there a solution to<br />

this issue that will create a winwin<br />

solution? Helping his mom<br />

at the cost of a marriage does not<br />

seem like a win-win answer. It’s<br />

important that the couple work<br />

as a team. Remember, the marital<br />

relationship is priority.<br />

Another very important step<br />

is to talk to mom. What is she<br />

thinking and feeling? Does she<br />

think she needs help? Often<br />

the elderly do not agree with<br />

their families about what should<br />

be done for them. They want<br />

to remain independent for as<br />

long as possible. Often, with<br />

a minimal amount of support<br />

from us, our loved ones can<br />

remain independent and are<br />

usually happier. The first step<br />

is to do an objective assessment<br />

of what mom needs help with.<br />

She should be included in this<br />

assessment. It is not helpful<br />

for mom to feel overlooked or<br />

ignored in this process. She<br />

will be more willing to accept<br />

needed help if she is respected<br />

in this process and this means<br />

treating her like an adult. She<br />

should make her own decisions<br />

if possible.<br />

There are many alternative<br />

answers to this issue without<br />

Sam’s mom moving in with<br />

Dawn and Sam.<br />

Email questions and comments to:<br />

marriage@faithmag.com<br />

communication<br />

Good Marriage<br />

While it’s<br />

important to<br />

do things as a<br />

couple, you also<br />

need to develop<br />

interests of<br />

your own.<br />

By spending<br />

time on your<br />

hobbies, reading<br />

or community<br />

activities, you<br />

enrich your<br />

creativity and<br />

gain something<br />

new to talk<br />

about with your<br />

spouse!<br />

time<br />

It’s about<br />

Time..!<br />

Make loving<br />

memories, not<br />

misery. Spouses<br />

make a choice<br />

each time<br />

they are<br />

together.<br />

It is either<br />

a choice to<br />

make loving<br />

memories of<br />

how God has<br />

blessed you with<br />

your spouse,<br />

or it is a choice<br />

to focus on<br />

the rough and<br />

bumpy road<br />

behind us,<br />

with us, and<br />

stretching out in<br />

front of us. God<br />

gave us a free<br />

will to make the<br />

choice. Loving<br />

memories take<br />

less effort to<br />

maintain.<br />

parenting journey<br />

Grandparents as Mom and Dad<br />

how to cope with raising your grandchildren.<br />

A time of<br />

life that was<br />

to be spent<br />

on adult<br />

pursuits<br />

suddenly<br />

becomes<br />

a time for<br />

supervising<br />

homework<br />

and giving<br />

baths.<br />

by Dr. Cathleen McGreal<br />

Astroller was positioned next to the minivan’s<br />

sliding door. I watched as a silver-haired man swung a<br />

toddler from car seat to stroller, heading quickly toward<br />

Epiphany Cathedral, diaper bag in hand. The event would<br />

have slipped quickly from memory had I not received a copy of The<br />

Florida <strong>Catholic</strong> after Mass. The issue included a story by Bishop John<br />

Nevins (retired, Diocese of Venice) saluting “all grandparents who are<br />

‘alive with love,’” especially grandparents raising their grandchildren. He<br />

asked: “What can our society do to be more helpful?”<br />

“Grand” households – In the United <strong>St</strong>ates, 4.5 million<br />

children reside with grandparents. According to Amy Goyer,<br />

coordinator of the AARP Foundation Grandparent Information<br />

Center, this number represents a 30 percent increase from the<br />

1990 Census. The National Center on Grandparents Raising<br />

Grandchildren (Georgia <strong>St</strong>ate University) notes the 10 states with<br />

the highest number of these households: California, Texas, New<br />

York, Florida, Illinois, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and<br />

North Carolina.<br />

An unanticipated role – Grandparents become primary<br />

caregivers of their grandchildren for many reasons. Adult children<br />

may be abusing drugs or alcohol. Sometimes they are in prison.<br />

Grandparents assist young families when military parents are<br />

deployed overseas. In some cases, grandchildren are orphaned.<br />

Whatever the situation, it is normal for grandparents to grieve<br />

the loss of the expected role. Raising grandchildren involves<br />

personal sacrifice. A time of life that was to be spent on<br />

adult pursuits suddenly becomes a time for supervising<br />

homework and giving baths.<br />

Support groups – There might be feelings of<br />

guilt about long-ago parenting decisions or anger at the<br />

adult child for having been placed in this position. Legal<br />

concerns about the grandchildren’s welfare add to the<br />

stress. Many individuals find grandparent-support groups<br />

useful in order to share these common feelings and learn<br />

about available resources. The AARP website has links to<br />

find these groups and helpful information:<br />

www.aarp.org/families/grandparents. We may discover that Christ<br />

uses the hands and hearts of others to answer our prayers.<br />

Society’s help – Under some conditions, grandchildren,<br />

and even step-grandchildren, can qualify for Social Security<br />

benefits when a grandparent retires (1.800.772.1213).<br />

In 1998, the GrandFamilies House opened in Boston,<br />

providing affordable housing in 26 apartments.<br />

Intergenerational safety designs were included, such as ramps<br />

and grab bars for grandparents and child-proof outlets for<br />

grandchildren. The YWCA offers an on-site preschool and afterschool<br />

program. Many other states are building similar projects.<br />

Email questions and comments to: mcgreal@msu.edu<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>June</strong> 2007 13

spiritual fitness<br />

by Father Bill Ashbaugh<br />

our parish and shared with us her journey to forgive the man who<br />

murdered her 7-year-old girl. Marietta, her husband and their five<br />

children were camping in Montana in 1973. Sometime in the middle<br />

of the night, a man slashed through the tent where the young girls<br />

were sleeping and abducted the youngest girl, Susie. The family<br />

awoke with horror to find Susie gone. A frantic search ensued to no<br />

avail. When they began searching the river for Susie’s body, Marietta<br />

“lost it.” She remembers, “I wanted to kill him with my bare hands!”<br />

That anger would have consumed Marietta, but she turned to<br />

Jesus. He knew her wounds. Marietta says, “I knew that hatred wasn’t<br />

healthy – that it would obsess and consume me. Were I to give in to<br />

that kind of mind-set, it would be my undoing. It’s not to say that it<br />

was an easy realization, because I felt absolutely justified. I had every<br />

right to feel how I did.” But she knew it was not the way.<br />

As a <strong>Catholic</strong>, Marietta says, “I was called to forgive my enemies<br />

– not to kill them. So I made the commitment to work toward<br />

an attitude of forgiveness. I promised to cooperate with God in<br />

whatever he needed to do to help move my heart from fury to<br />

Ridding our hearts<br />

of revenge<br />

One of my favorite images of Jesus is one<br />

where our risen Lord, with wounds visible,<br />

is pointing to his Sacred Heart. The heart is<br />

covered with thorns that pierce it, yet a fire<br />

of love is burning inside the heart. The thorns symbolize<br />

our sins that deeply wound Jesus. The fire is a reminder<br />

that his love is greater than our sins.<br />

I think most of us can relate to being wounded in some way<br />

by another person. Every day, our news is filled with stories of<br />

crime and human tragedy. Every day, people experience abuse,<br />

deception, broken promises, indifference, rape, theft, murder and<br />

other injustices. Deep wounds. We did not ask for them, but they<br />

are there. What do we do with them? We have a couple of choices.<br />

If we let the hurt of the wound fester, the infection of bitterness,<br />

resentment, hatred and unforgiveness can take over our lives.<br />

We will become toxic people. While being the victim of another<br />

person’s sin and crime, we end up inflicting the hurt on someone<br />

else. There is another way – the way of Jesus Christ.<br />

Not long ago, a woman named Marietta Jaeger Lane came to<br />

forgiveness … I’ve come to understand that God’s idea for us is not<br />

vengeance but restoration,” she says. “Jesus came to forgive, to heal.”<br />

One year after the abduction, the man called and spoke with<br />

Marietta for a long time. He broke down. He had so much pain<br />

inside. Eventually, the man was caught. Marietta did everything she<br />

could to fight against the death sentence for the man. She tried to<br />

speak of the man with respect, and remembered the truth that Jesus<br />

came to seek and save all people, especially the lost. He confessed to<br />

the brutal murder of her daughter, and to other murders as well.<br />

Marietta then met the man who abducted and murdered Susie. She<br />

looked into his eyes and forgave him. Later that same day, the man<br />

committed suicide. At that point, Marietta began to reach out to<br />

the murderer’s mother. In the years since, each has accompanied<br />

the other to her child’s grave. “Together, we were able to grieve as<br />

mothers who had lost their children,” says Marietta. “I hoped that<br />

it would help her to know that I had forgiven him.”<br />

Marietta continues to carry her wounds, but now they are united<br />

and transformed by the grace of Jesus Christ. Deeply wounded,<br />

Jesus still forgives. The feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and<br />

Immaculate Heart of Mary – celebrated <strong>June</strong> 18 and 19 respectively<br />

– remind us of the great suffering inflicted on Jesus and Mary<br />

through sin and hatred, but even more so the mercy, forgiveness<br />

and love their hearts offer each person. They offer that mercy to<br />

and through you and me!<br />

14 <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>June</strong> 2007

For our spiritual fitness this month, we<br />

will work on ridding our hearts of revenge<br />

and forgiving those who have hurt us.<br />

1<br />

Pray for the desire to forgive. When we<br />

have been hurt, forgiving the person who hurt<br />

us may be the last thing on our minds. The pain<br />

can be so great. Rage or anger can be seething<br />

through us. We want justice. We want vindication.<br />

We want revenge. But this is not the path to peace.<br />

It is not the way of Jesus Christ. The first grace<br />

we ask God for is the desire to forgive the other<br />

person. Even one step before this is to pray for a<br />

desire to forgive!<br />

Read Luke 6:32-36, Mark 11:25 and Matthew<br />

5:23-24. Pray: Dear Father, you forgive us as<br />

we forgive others. Help me, dear God, please<br />

help me! My pain is great. Help me to desire to<br />

forgive (Name) for the pain they have caused me.<br />

I know without your grace I cannot forgive them.<br />

Jesus, you suffered so much because you had the<br />

courage to love. You opened your hands in love<br />

and friendship, knowing that we would put nails<br />

through them. You forgave us and reconciled us<br />

to the Father. Jesus, help me recognize your pain,<br />

and to see in my pain a share in your suffering.<br />

Help me, Lord, to know your desire to forgive us<br />

our sins. Help me to know your love for me is the<br />

same as your love for (Name). You loved us both<br />

to die for us. Lord, I ask for a desire<br />

to forgive (Name) who has hurt me.<br />

Dear God, forgive me as I do my best<br />

to forgive (Name).<br />

Keep praying this prayer each<br />

day – even a few times a day as<br />

needed – until you receive the<br />

grace you are asking for.<br />

2<br />

Receiving the desire<br />

to forgive is a huge<br />

grace. Thank God for it and<br />

pray: Dear God, I praise you<br />

for your mercy and the desire I<br />

have received to forgive (Name).<br />

Please Father, forgive me my sins<br />

and faults. My pain is still great.<br />

Jesus, I still spend most of my<br />

time focusing on the hurt (Name)<br />

has caused me. I rarely look at<br />

how I have hurt others. Please<br />

Lord, help me to look at my own<br />

wrongdoing and repent. Then as I<br />

receive your mercy, I will be able to<br />

give your mercy to (Name). Read<br />

Matthew 7:1-5.<br />

‘‘‘‘<br />

Offering<br />

praise flows<br />

directly<br />

out of our<br />

love for<br />

God. When<br />

we praise<br />

people, we<br />

think well<br />

of them.<br />

We have<br />

a gratitude<br />

and<br />

appreciation<br />

for them.<br />

3<br />

Pray for the other person. Ask God to bless<br />

them. Dear God, you love (Name) as you love<br />

me. You want (Name)’s salvation as you want mine.<br />

You want (Name)’s happiness as you want mine. You<br />

know I do not feel much love for (Name) right now,<br />

but I do want (Name) to be happy and at peace. I want<br />

them to be filled with love. I want them to be at peace<br />

with you forever. Please Lord, bless (Name) and help<br />

them in any way they need help right now in their lives.<br />

Help them to seek you and find you. I forgive (Name)<br />

for what they have done to me. Pardon them Lord as<br />

you have pardoned my sins.<br />

4<br />

In prayer, imagine the following: You<br />

have fallen and are lying in the mud. You are<br />

embarrassed and hurt. Suddenly, you feel yourself<br />

being pulled up. You look up and you see Jesus. He<br />

brushes you off and gives you a new cloak. You see<br />

the care and compassion in his eyes. In the distance,<br />

you see another person lying in the mud, struggling<br />

to get up. It is the person who has hurt you. You see<br />

Jesus run to them and also help them up. As Jesus<br />

brushes them off, you come close. You look into Jesus’<br />

eyes and see his compassion for this person. You tell<br />

the Lord, “Jesus, I have asked you to help me forgive<br />

(Name). Please help me now.” You turn to (Name)<br />

and say, “(Name), I forgive you. I release the anger<br />

and hurt I am feeling toward you. It is off of me like this<br />

mud that Jesus has wiped away. I am no longer angry<br />

with you and want God’s peace to be with you as it has<br />

come now to me.”<br />

5<br />

Meeting with the person who has hurt you.<br />

In some cases, meeting with the person who<br />

has hurt us can bring reconciliation and healing of the<br />

relationship. In other cases, it may only help to free us<br />

personally. It depends on the response of the person<br />

who has hurt us.<br />

6<br />

Practice receiving forgiveness and giving<br />

forgiveness. We receive forgiveness by<br />

admitting our faults and saying we are sorry. The<br />

sacrament of reconciliation is a huge grace for us. Take<br />

advantage of it. Also, we can practice forgiving others<br />

every time we pray the Our Father. When you come to<br />

the part “forgive us our sins as we forgive those who<br />

sinned against us,” pause and try to forgive anyone who<br />

has sinned against you. Cultivate a forgiving heart by not<br />

bringing up past hurtful situations that you have let go.<br />

By recalling them and thinking of them again, you may<br />

be allowing revenge and bitterness to enter your heart.<br />

If this happens, repeat the above steps again and be<br />

patient. Forgiveness is a grace that can take time.<br />

Email questions and comments to: frbillashbaugh@mac.com<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>June</strong> 2007 15

Mark Udry<br />

One Collar,<br />

Many Cultures<br />

In September 1954, a young and newly ordained<br />

Father James Heslin boarded a ship for a five-day<br />

voyage to the United <strong>St</strong>ates. After completing his<br />

studies at <strong>St</strong>. Patrick Seminary in Thurles, County<br />

Tipperary, Ireland, his first assignment was in the<br />

Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong>. Fifty-three years later,<br />

Msgr. James Heslin of Ireland.<br />

16 <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>June</strong> 2007<br />

B y A m e l i a E u d y<br />

Msgr. Heslin retired<br />

last <strong>June</strong> at the age of<br />

76, passing on a legacy<br />

of foreign-born priests<br />

serving in the diocese.<br />

The face of this priesthood has changed<br />

from the days when Irish priests were being<br />

exported to all parts of the world, including<br />

Florida. Msgr. Heslin remembers when the<br />

diocese encompassed much of the state and<br />

Archbishop Joseph P. Hurley began inviting<br />

Spanish-speaking priests to the diocese to<br />

serve the many immigrant farm workers in<br />

the south. “There were a number of priests<br />

from Spain,” he remembers.<br />

While there are still Irish priests serving<br />

here, most are among the older clergy. Now<br />

Msgr. Heslin is observing a different kind<br />

of clergy immigration from India, Poland<br />

and several Spanish-speaking countries. “At<br />

present [the priests] seem to be doing a fine<br />

job. The people are glad to have priests from<br />

elsewhere,” he says. “We haven’t seen priests<br />

coming from Ireland in some time.”<br />

In fact, a study done by the Life Cycle<br />

Institute at <strong>Catholic</strong> University of America<br />

has found that the majority of priests born in<br />

other countries complete their seminary study<br />

in the United <strong>St</strong>ates, Asia and the Pacific. The<br />

average age of foreign-born priests serving in<br />

the United <strong>St</strong>ates is 47, and most stay in the<br />

United <strong>St</strong>ates for more than five years.<br />

In 2005, a study was conducted by<br />

the Center for Applied Research in the<br />

Apostolate (CARA) of Georgetown University<br />

for the United <strong>St</strong>ates Conference of <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Bishops (USCCB). According to the study,<br />

more than two-thirds of all vocation directors<br />

as well as major superiors of religious<br />

congregations and rectors of seminaries<br />

responded. The study found that one in<br />

three priests ordained in 2006 was born<br />

outside the U.S., and the percent of foreignborn<br />

priests increased from 24 percent in<br />

1998 to 30 percent in 2006.<br />

Father Jan Ligeza, parochial vicar at <strong>St</strong>.<br />

<strong>Augustine</strong> Church and <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>St</strong>udent<br />

Center in Gainesville, is one of about 47<br />

foreign-born priests serving in the diocese<br />

today. He came to the United <strong>St</strong>ates in the<br />

fall of 1998 after completing five years of<br />

seminary training in Poland. Bishop Victor<br />

Galeone ordained him in 2003.<br />

Father Jan admits experiencing “culture<br />

shock” when first arriving to the United<br />

<strong>St</strong>ates. “It wasn’t easy in the beginning to<br />

adjust,” he says in a thick Polish accent. “It<br />

was far away, very different people and very<br />

different lifestyles. There is more variety of<br />

other religions (in the U.S.). In Poland, I<br />

didn’t know anyone who wasn’t <strong>Catholic</strong>,”<br />

Father Jan observes.<br />

According to Father Jan, Poland still<br />

produces a large number of priests and<br />

many religious vocations. His home diocese<br />

encourages priests to serve in other countries<br />

around the world.<br />

“It has been a great experience for me to<br />

see different denominations working with<br />

the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church. That’s great,” he says.<br />

In turn, he is proud to share his culture<br />

with the many students at the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

<strong>St</strong>udent Center in Gainesville, and he<br />

occasionally enjoys preparing his favorite<br />

dishes from Poland for the students at the<br />

Newman Club at the university.

“This generation of young people is the<br />

generation of Pope John Paul II (also a native<br />

of Poland). I have enjoyed sharing extended<br />

stories about myself and my roots.”<br />

Shortly after he arrived in Florida, Father<br />

Jan invited his brother, Father Kazimierz<br />

Ligeza, who was teaching in Krakow, Poland,<br />

to visit the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong>. Father<br />

Kazimierz decided to stay and has been<br />

serving in the diocese for two years. He is<br />

Leon says it means a lot to his parishioners<br />

to have a priest who can effectively<br />

communicate with them and understand<br />

their culture.<br />

“They are newcomers to America,” he<br />

observes. “I think it is a tremendous help to<br />

make them feel at home – to celebrate Mass<br />

in their own culture.”<br />

The parish regularly recognizes the feast<br />

days of Latin American patron saints and<br />

celebrates Mass in Spanish every Sunday.<br />

Father Jhon Guarnizo, parochial vicar at<br />

Assumption Parish in Jacksonville often<br />

assists with the Spanish Mass downtown.<br />

However, many of the children are now<br />

going to confession in English, and Father<br />

Leon says he sees the Hispanic youth of his<br />

parish holding tight to their native culture<br />

but also adapting to American life.<br />

International religious order priests are<br />

After eight years of schooling in Chicago and<br />

Champaign, Ill., and South Bend, Ind., he<br />

came to the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong> at the<br />

invitation of Bishop John J. Snyder in 1997. At<br />

present there are seven Carmelite priests from<br />

India serving in the diocese.<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />

Father Jan Ligeza of Poland.<br />

currently assigned to Queen of Peace Parish<br />

in Gainesville.<br />

The number of Hispanic <strong>Catholic</strong>s in<br />

the diocese has increased significantly and<br />

Spanish-speaking priests, like Father Antonio<br />

Leon, pastor of Immaculate Conception<br />

Parish in downtown Jacksonville are in great<br />

demand. Father Leon came to the United<br />

<strong>St</strong>ates from Spain in 1959 and 10 years later<br />

decided to stay and serve in the diocese<br />

permanently. About 100 Hispanic families<br />

are currently registered at his parish, from<br />

places like Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia<br />

and other Latin American countries. Father<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />

Father Antonio Leon of Spain<br />

also a strong component of priests serving in<br />

the diocese. Father Victor Narivelil, pastor<br />

of Sacred Heart Parish in Jacksonville, was<br />

ordained on April 6, 1964, in Cochin, India<br />

for the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI).<br />

Father Victor Narivelil of India.<br />

Father Victor says that priests have come<br />

from different countries to remedy the<br />

shortage of priests in various dioceses. “In<br />

countries like India there is a surplus of priests<br />

at the moment and, hence, they are here.”<br />

But for how long, he can’t say. “It will<br />

depend on the availability of local priests and<br />

the availability of priests from other countries.”<br />

Throughout his years of formation for the<br />

priesthood, Father Victor has had a chance to<br />

experience the benefits of great diversity.<br />

“The diversity (of the priesthood) really<br />

adds to the richness of our <strong>Catholic</strong> faith<br />

experience,” Father Victor observes of the<br />

multi-cultural parishes in the diocese. “Taken<br />

properly, it (the universality of our <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

faith) helps you to feel at home no matter<br />

where you are.”<br />

Clergy Serving in the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong> at a Glance<br />

Incardinated Diocesan<br />

Priests...................................93<br />

Extern Priests* ...................29<br />

Religious Order Priests.....23<br />

Permanent Deacons..........45<br />

*Extern Priests are diocesan priests from<br />

another diocese who are living or working<br />

in this diocese.<br />

Of the diocesan priests serving in the diocese, 33% of them<br />

are between the ages of 60-69 with eligibility for retirement at the<br />

age of 70. Twenty percent of our priests are between the ages of<br />

70-79 and continue to serve.<br />

Diocesan Priests: 50-59 years of age.............................. 26%<br />

40-49 years of age...........................10.5%<br />

80-89 years of age................................. 6%<br />

Under age 40....................................... 4.7%<br />

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c o v e r s t o r y<br />

On <strong>June</strong> 23, Bishop Victor Galeone will ordain Deacons<br />

David Ruchinski, Robert Trujillo and <strong>St</strong>even Zehler to<br />

the priesthood. The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. at<br />

the Cathedral-Basilica of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong>.<br />

All three men ordained for the diocese this year have<br />

a unique background and a personal story to tell about<br />

their vocation. After years of wondering and months<br />

of discernment, they have left everything behind<br />

to follow the Lord’s call, for at ordination they will<br />

become fishers of men.<br />

Deacon David Ruchinski, 37, was born in Warren, Ohio. The Ruchinski’s, a Polish<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> family, adopted him as an infant through <strong>Catholic</strong> Charities. He has an older sister,<br />

Shari, who was also adopted.<br />

David was 13 years old when his mother died of colon cancer. She was just 43. David and his<br />

father had a difficult time after her death and their relationship deteriorated to the point that a<br />

separation was needed. At 16, David went to live with Sue and Dave Ashcraft, the parents of his<br />

best friend <strong>St</strong>eve and his siblings Mike, Tim and Sarah.<br />

In 1987, David graduated from high school and began attending the Pontifical College<br />

Josephinum, an international seminary in the Diocese of Youngstown. An excellent student, David<br />

graduated from the seminary in just three years at the age of 20. Due to his age, the bishop of<br />

Youngstown felt David needed one more year of formation.<br />

David decided to continue his discernment while pursuing a master’s degree in English at<br />

Ohio <strong>St</strong>ate University. He met a woman there and fell in love. After dating for two years, “I had<br />

gotten it in my head that I no longer wanted to be in the seminary – that I was ready to commit<br />

to marriage,” David said. Well so he thought.<br />

He received his master’s in 1994 and while looking for a teaching position with the<br />

Columbus <strong>Catholic</strong> Schools, David stumbled into a position that brought him to Jacksonville.<br />

Knowing that his mind wasn’t settled about becoming a priest, David’s girlfriend decided to<br />

accept a temporary teaching position in Japan. Both were hopeful the separation would help<br />

David decide if God was calling him to marriage or to the priesthood.<br />

Father Michael Houle, president of Bishop Kenny High School was in Columbus recruiting<br />

religion teachers from the Josephinum. Father Houle was the director of development at the<br />

Josephinum when David was there. He recruited David to teach English at Bishop Kenny – an offer<br />

he said he couldn’t refuse. He taught at BK from 1992 to 1997.<br />

For the next three years, David taught at Episcopal High School while also pursuing a doctorate<br />

in education from the University of North Florida, which he earned in Dec. 2001. In 2000, he<br />

accepted a position as coordinator of the New Beginnings Program at Lutheran Social Services – a<br />

program he helped developed that addressed the cultural adjustment needs of refugee teenagers.<br />

Even though his job at Lutheran Social Services was very rewarding, David said he was<br />

“motivated by a desire to be a person for others – to minister and make that part of his life.”<br />

He deepened his prayer life and soon he knew God was calling him to the priesthood and he<br />

was ready to say “yes.”<br />

He remembers everything happened quickly. In April 2002, he met with Father John Tetlow,<br />

the vocations director at the time. One month later, he learned he had been accepted as a<br />

candidate for the diocese. Bishop Galeone sent him to Rome to study at the North American<br />

College. He will return to Rome after ordination for further studies.<br />

“The whole journey – the 12 years I spent away from seminary, the 10 years I spent working<br />

full-time, and living on my own, have really been a valuable part of the process [of becoming<br />

a priest],” said David. “I am so grateful that God took me in that direction instead of going<br />

straight into the seminary.”<br />

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Answering<br />

GOD’S CALL<br />

B y K a t h l e e n B a g g - M o r g a n<br />

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scott smith<br />

Deacon Robert Trujillo, 36, was born<br />

in Elizabeth, N.J., the youngest of five boys.<br />

He was the only member of his family born<br />

in the United <strong>St</strong>ates. His parents, Ramón<br />

and Isabel, and his brothers moved to<br />

the United <strong>St</strong>ates from their homeland,<br />

Colombia, South America in 1968.<br />

A parts salesman for Avianca Airlines,<br />

Robert’s father used his contacts in the<br />

industry to secure a position with American<br />

Airlines in New York. Robert’s father lived in<br />

New York for one year before bringing his<br />

family to live in Elizabeth where he began<br />

working for General Motors.<br />

Rev. Mr. David Ruchinski<br />

Born: July 1, 1969<br />

Place: Warren, Ohio<br />

Career: Teacher<br />

Assignment: Returns to North<br />

american College, Rome,<br />

italy for further studies<br />

Robert recalls that his family practiced their<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> faith nominally at best. However, in<br />

the third grade, Robert’s mother insisted that<br />

he receive a <strong>Catholic</strong> education. Robert said<br />

he has fond memories of attending <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

school and being an altar server. The idea of<br />

becoming a priest was very real to him at an<br />

early age. “I remember telling Father Richard<br />

after Mass one day that I think I want to be<br />

a priest,” Robert said. He recalls the priest<br />

smiling at him and said, “If it is God’s will, it<br />

will happen in due time.”<br />

By high school Robert said he started<br />

hanging out with the wrong crowd. He said he<br />

was attracted to heavy metal music and he grew<br />

20 <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>June</strong> 2007<br />

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his hair long, past his shoulders. He remembers<br />

declaring himself agnostic and eventually he<br />

rejected his faith.<br />

After graduation, he attended college for one<br />

year before enrolling in the Chubb Institute, a<br />

vocational school where he learned computer<br />

programming. In 1992, at the age of 22, he<br />

was hired by United Parcel Service (UPS) as a<br />

computer programmer.<br />

It wasn’t until he was in a life-threatening<br />

car accident and recuperating for two months<br />

in a rehabilitation hospital that he started<br />

thinking about his faith again. He said he met<br />

a group of Christians that seemed to have<br />

their lives together. “They weren’t as unruly<br />

as I was and that impressed me,” he said. He<br />

began sampling other Christian churches and<br />

reading the Bible.<br />

In 1997, Robert said he was dating a woman<br />

seriously and thinking about marriage. “We<br />

decided to go to Mass together. She was <strong>Catholic</strong>,<br />

but not practicing like me,” he said. Just before<br />

Communion Robert said he remembers having<br />

a powerful conversion experience. “I felt God’s<br />

forgiveness was waiting there for me,” he said.<br />

He met with a priest afterwards, Father Beau<br />

Ardouin, who later became his spiritual advisor.<br />

Unfortunately, his girlfriend didn’t have the<br />

same conversion experience and over time their<br />

relationship ended.<br />

Rev. Mr. Robert Trujillo<br />

Born: <strong>June</strong> 22, 1970<br />

Place: Elizabeth, New Jersey<br />

Career: Computer Programmer<br />

Assignment: <strong>St</strong>. Catherine Parish,<br />

orange Park,<br />

effective July 15, 2007<br />

scott smith<br />

In 1998 Robert began seriously thinking<br />

about the priesthood again after attending a<br />

eucharistic-centered retreat in Northern Ireland.<br />

In 1999, Robert sold his house and moved to<br />

Florida to live with his parents who had moved<br />

here a year earlier.<br />

Rev. Mr. <strong>St</strong>even Zehler<br />

Born: February 7, 1965<br />

Place: Hamilton, Ohio<br />

Career: Marketing<br />

Assignment: Christ the King Parish,<br />

Jacksonville, effective<br />

July 15, 2007<br />

Shortly after, Robert explored his options,<br />

including serving for six months with the<br />

Family of Jesus Healer, a religious community<br />

in Tampa that is devoted to healing prayer and<br />

serving the poor. He said it was a wonderful<br />

experience, but he felt called to become a<br />

diocesan priest.<br />

In Feb. 2002, Robert was accepted as a<br />

seminarian for the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong>.<br />

“The way I’ve seen my journey is that the<br />

Lord presents a door for me to step through<br />

and at first it is intimidating, but as long as I do<br />

my part and step up to the door, he opens it,”<br />

said Robert. “It has been a series of those kind<br />

of experiences. …The Lord always seems to<br />

carry me through.”<br />

Deacon <strong>St</strong>even Zehler, 42, was born<br />

in Hamilton, Ohio. His parents, Raymond and<br />

Janice still live on the family farm just outside<br />

of Hamilton. <strong>St</strong>eve has one older brother and<br />

three older sisters.<br />

<strong>St</strong>eve attended high school and college

in Oxford, Ohio where Miami University is<br />

located. He majored in communication arts and<br />

photography and he studied for one semester<br />

in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg – a branch<br />

campus of Miami University. “The study abroad<br />

literally changed my life and propelled me into<br />

the world of travel,” said <strong>St</strong>eve.<br />

Traveling has become a part of his life. <strong>St</strong>eve<br />

has participated in five International Christian<br />

Missions and visited more than 25 countries. “I<br />

find it [traveling] a way to not only experience<br />

the world and its culture, but also to see the<br />

work of God in his people,” he said.<br />

<strong>St</strong>eve said he never thought about becoming<br />

a priest as a child. In fact, he said he was<br />

heading down the opposite path hoping to join<br />

an Evangelical missionary group when a close<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> friend, took him under her wing. “I<br />

learned right then of the spiritual power of a<br />

faithful <strong>Catholic</strong> woman,” <strong>St</strong>eve said. “The next<br />

thing I knew, I was sitting in on RCIA classes at<br />

a nearby parish to learn the <strong>Catholic</strong> faith, even<br />

though I was baptized <strong>Catholic</strong>.”<br />

<strong>St</strong>eve remembers being so hungry to learn<br />

more about the <strong>Catholic</strong> faith that he pursued<br />

a master’s in theology at Franciscan University<br />

in <strong>St</strong>eubenville, Ohio. While working towards<br />

his theology degree, <strong>St</strong>eve recalls the many<br />

people who expressed that they thought he<br />

had a calling to the priesthood.<br />

It wasn’t until 1994 when he was in<br />

Jerusalem with his spiritual mother, Babsie<br />

Bleasdell, that he remembers being open to the<br />

possibility of becoming a priest. “Babsie prayed<br />

with me in the ‘Upper Room’ in Jerusalem and<br />

said, ‘<strong>St</strong>eve, I believe God is calling you to the<br />

priesthood, and the Blessed Mother will always<br />

be with you.’” These were powerful words to<br />

<strong>St</strong>eve, but he said it took a series of events and<br />

eight years before he consented with a “yes.”<br />

<strong>St</strong>eve worked in the area of marketing<br />

for 16 years. Specifically he managed the<br />

production of advertisements and publications<br />

at Franciscan University.<br />

“Once I entered the seminary there has<br />

never been any doubt in my mind that God is<br />

calling me to serve him as a priest,” said <strong>St</strong>eve.<br />

“I love the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church, and consider it a<br />

great honor, privilege and humble blessing to<br />

be considered for the priesthood.”<br />

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parish<br />

parish profile<br />

<strong>St</strong>ewardship is Transformational<br />

Queen of Peace Parish in Gainesville<br />

by Shannon Scruby Henderson<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />

Designed by KBJ/Associated Florida Architects<br />

and built by Charles Perry Construction, the new<br />

Queen of Peace Church seats 1,500 and was<br />

dedicated on Oct. 7, 2001.<br />

is taking the gifts<br />

that God gives us, being<br />

grateful, using them to the<br />

“<strong>St</strong>ewardship<br />

best of our abilities, and<br />

providing increase for the Lord,” says pastor<br />

Jeff McGowan. “That’s our real mission at<br />

Queen of Peace: to use everything we’ve<br />

got to draw more people toward the table<br />

of the Lord.”<br />

The overarching concept is pervasive at<br />

Queen of Peace, which bills itself as A Total<br />

<strong>St</strong>ewardship Parish. “We don’t separate the<br />

concepts of time, talent and treasure,” says<br />

Karen Milligan, co-director of stewardship.<br />

“It’s not one or the other; it’s all three.<br />

We encourage parishioners to take the<br />

time to do something for their spiritual<br />

development. Talent means finding their<br />

passion – something they’re really good at<br />

and love to do – and using it to give back.<br />

Treasure is also important, but it’s part of a<br />

total commitment.”<br />

This commitment operates at the parish<br />

level as well. “We give 10 percent of our<br />

income to other charities,” says Father<br />

Jeff. “Some are local, like Arbor House (a<br />

refuge for abused<br />

women) and<br />

Ronald McDonald<br />

House. We give<br />

to organizations<br />

like <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Charities and the<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Vincent de<br />

Paul Society. And<br />

we have several<br />

missions in Haiti.<br />

One is a home for<br />

elderly homeless<br />

people that we<br />

built, staffed and<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />

Pastor of Queen of Peace Parish since <strong>June</strong><br />

1999, Father Jeff McGowan has been instrumental<br />

in developing a very dynamic, energetic, bright and<br />

diverse <strong>Catholic</strong> community.<br />

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maintain. We helped add a pediatric ward at <strong>St</strong>. Boniface Hospital,<br />

and we are benefactors of a clinic for infants and toddlers and their<br />

moms. Plus, working through the Hands Together Foundation in<br />

Princeton, N.J., we pay the entire faculty’s monthly salaries at an<br />

elementary school in the Cité du Soleil slum in Port-Au-Prince.”<br />

With more than 80 active ministries and a school that will<br />

include Pre-K through 8th grade in the 2007-08 school year, Queen<br />

of Peace may not be a good fit for <strong>Catholic</strong>s who like to disappear<br />

into the landscape after Sunday Mass. “We’ve been really blessed,<br />

and people are encouraged to show that,” Father Jeff says of his<br />

community that is composed largely of young professional families,<br />

many who work for the University of Florida or Shands Hospital.<br />

“Very few are needy. All are talented and energetic. Together, we<br />

have a big impact.”<br />

To help parishioners optimize their gifts, the <strong>St</strong>ewardship Office<br />

works hard to communicate needs. Ministry fairs twice a year help<br />

connect people to outreach opportunities. A Ministry Forum meets<br />

once a quarter so that all sectors of the parish can update each<br />

other on programs and goals. “Even though we’re a big community,<br />

Q u e e n o f P e a c e P a r i s h a t a g l a n c e<br />

Queen of Peace Parish<br />

10900 SW 24th Avenue<br />

Gainesville, FL 32607<br />

(352) 332-6279<br />

Email: office@queenofpeaceparish.org<br />

Website: www.queenofpeaceparish.org<br />

Pastor: Rev. Jeff McGowan<br />

Parochial Vicar: Rev. Kazimierz Ligeza<br />

Deacon: Deacon Bo Turner<br />

Parishioners: 1,800 families<br />

Academy: 265 students in grades PreK-7<br />

Principal: Sister Nancy Elder, IHM<br />

Rarely has a parish come so far in two decades as west<br />

Gainesville’s Queen of Peace <strong>Catholic</strong> Community. From a<br />

congregation of just 200 when it was founded in the spring<br />

of 1987, the parish now numbers nearly 6,000 members.<br />

Its tree-shaded campus is home to a complex of parish<br />

buildings: Walsh Hall, the Spanish mission style multi-purpose<br />

building built in 1992 that was the first church; a magnificent<br />

new church, dedicated in 2001; Queen of Peace <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Academy; and coming soon, a Walsh Hall makeover and the<br />

final phase of the school, a $4 million wing with six classrooms,<br />

music and art rooms, a youth center, school offices and adult<br />

ministry offices.<br />

The parish was founded by Father Flannan Walsh, later<br />

assisted by Father John Patrick, a retired Air Force chaplain,<br />

and Father Paco Revilla, who pioneered the Spanish Mass.<br />

Since 1994, Father Jeff McGowan has led the community.<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />

The Rose Window, located high above the altar, contains the<br />

names of each individual parishioner. The altar was carved in<br />

Italy out of granite from Finland.<br />

we want to be cohesive,” comments Karen Milligan. “At the<br />

forums, people from each ministry hear about what’s happening<br />

and volunteer to jump in and help each other out.” The parish<br />

also publishes a Gift Inventory: an updated list of parish and<br />

community needs that may appeal to individuals who are not<br />

otherwise connected with outreach. “If somebody likes computer<br />

work, for example, or can bake cookies, or work with the poor,<br />

this is an opportunity to get started. We encourage people to<br />

start the journey and give at the level they’re able to manage right<br />

now,” says Karen.<br />

By all accounts, the efforts are working. “If I had to say one word<br />

about this parish, it would be ‘family,’” proclaims parishioner Sherry<br />

Cousins. “The people we’ve met there and the friends we’ve become<br />

close with are in many ways closer than my own family. Being involved<br />

gets you on your journey to being a better <strong>Catholic</strong>, a better person,<br />

and helps you realize who you are.”<br />

For George and Joan Weiland, founding members of the parish, the<br />

“family atmosphere” is largely due to Father Jeff and the people who<br />

work with him. “Everybody just thinks the world of him,” Joan says of<br />

her pastor. “We’re also blessed to have Father Kaz from Poland, who<br />

speaks Polish, English and Spanish and has such a beautiful voice. And<br />

our nuns – Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters Nancy, Bea and Franziska<br />

at Queen of Peace Academy – they’re just so dear to us!”<br />

“We enjoy each other. We believe. We love our <strong>Catholic</strong> faith. It’s a<br />

very dynamic, wonderful experience of church,” says Father Jeff of his<br />

parish. “My main hope is that our young people will encounter the<br />

living Christ here, and their lives will be forever blessed. I won’t live to<br />

see it, but I pray that these kids will have good, secure lives in a very<br />

dangerous world.”<br />

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ultiple Protestant churches, sprawling ranches<br />

and pine forests dot the scenic two-lane road<br />

that leads travelers to the tiny community of<br />

Mayo, Fla. Located on the western edge of<br />

the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong>, it isn’t until reaching<br />

Main <strong>St</strong>reet that the <strong>Catholic</strong> presence comes into full<br />

view. An early 20th-century church, formerly used by<br />

a Baptist congregation, now serves as Our Lady of<br />

Guadalupe <strong>Catholic</strong> Mission.<br />

In 2002, the Religious of Mary Immaculate,<br />

Claretian Missionary Sisters of Miami decided to<br />

expand their outreach ministry to North Florida.<br />

Sister Margarita Gomez, superior of the Claretian<br />

Sisters in Miami, approached Bishop Victor<br />

Galeone about “establishing a new house in an<br />

area where there was a growing Hispanic<br />

presence.” She offered him the assistance<br />

of two sisters that would provide<br />

evangelization outreach to Hispanic<br />

families.<br />

“These sisters are ministering to<br />

some of the neediest of our flock<br />

– migrant workers with little or no<br />

command of English,” Bishop Galeone<br />

says. “Our diocese is deeply indebted to<br />

these dedicated women for what they<br />

have accomplished among the Hispanic<br />

community in so short a time: catechism<br />

classes, baptismal and confirmation<br />

preparation, weekly Bible studies, youth<br />

group activities, visiting the sick and<br />

conducting occasional Sunday Communion<br />

services in the absence of a priest. On my<br />

infrequent visits to Mayo, I detect the deep<br />

love and respect that our Hispanic parishioners<br />

have for these devoted sisters.”<br />

“I love the community, the simplicity of<br />

life in this little corner of the world,” says the<br />

mission’s newest addition, Sister Teresa “Tere”<br />

Gallarreta. “That’s not to say it is easy – we have<br />

a lot to do in terms of evangelization.” She came to the<br />

mission in 2005, ready to serve the needs of the people<br />

who had previously traveled to Perry, Live Oak or<br />

Branford for Sunday Mass.<br />

Although she has found her calling, Sister Tere admits<br />

that she didn’t always want to be a nun. “The calling<br />

kept coming, but I kept pushing it away.” It wasn’t until<br />

2002 when she attended World Youth Day in Rome that<br />

the message took hold. “The whole week was a dialogue<br />

with God,” she recalls. After listening to Pope John Paul’s<br />

message of “Do Not Be Afraid,” Sister Tere became open<br />

to the idea of living a religious life. “I was filled with<br />

joy at that moment,” she says. She was drawn to the<br />

Claretian Sisters because of their work with the poor.<br />

From left, Claretian<br />

Sisters Elisabet<br />

Rodriguez, Tere<br />

Gallarreta and<br />

Yolanda Nunez in<br />

front of the Our<br />

Lady of Guadalupe<br />

Mission Church in<br />

Mayo, Fla.<br />

The Monroy family proudly displays<br />

braided palms made by some of the<br />

migrant farm workers.<br />

Accompanied by Alma<br />

Huerta, Claretian Sister Tere<br />

Gallarreta (center) plays<br />

guitar as the congregation<br />

processes with palms as<br />

part of the Palm Sunday<br />

celebration.<br />

Sisters bring<br />

Christ to Hispanic<br />

Farm Workers<br />

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Sister Tere joined two other sisters already<br />

working in the Mayo area, Sisters Yolanda<br />

Nunez and Elisabet Rodriguez.<br />

And working closely with the sisters<br />

in their work with the migrants is Father<br />

Richard Perko, pastor of nearby <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Francis Xavier Parish in Live Oak. He<br />

celebrates a bilingual Mass on Saturdays<br />

at 5 p.m. He speaks very little Spanish,<br />

“but they love him because they see the<br />

effort he makes,” Sister Elisabet says.<br />

One of the biggest challenges,<br />

according to the sisters, is providing<br />

evangelization outreach to those not attending<br />

church in a predominantly Protestant<br />

community. On Sundays, many Hispanics can<br />

be found just down the street on the soccer field<br />

when they are not working the dairy farms,<br />

raising animals or bundling pine straw.<br />

In attempts to bring others to the mission, the<br />

sisters go on home visits and spread news of the<br />

mission by word-of-mouth. They also post flyers<br />

for upcoming events at the laundry and the store<br />

in town. “The Hispanic population has needs.<br />

We as a church are responsible (for recognizing)<br />

those needs,” Sister Elisabet says.<br />

While weekends are mainly spent at the<br />

mission, a good part of the sisters’ time during<br />

the week is spent visiting other parishes,<br />

the nearby prison and private homes within<br />

Suwannee, Lafayette and occasionally Columbia<br />

counties.<br />

Among her many duties, Sister Elisabet, a<br />

native of Cuba, visits the Mayo Correctional<br />

Institution for men two times per month. She<br />

conducts a Communion service for about 15<br />

inmates. “I felt called to come here. They needed<br />

me,” Sister Elisabet says.<br />

Uriel Posada, an eighth grade student in the<br />

confirmation class, clearly appreciates their<br />

presence. “They’re nice,” he says. “They help us<br />

with things we don’t know. They are kind to us,<br />

and we appreciate that.”<br />

Joan and Bill Harney have attended Mass at<br />

the mission for a little more than six months, and<br />

they are among the few Anglo attendees. They<br />

find the sisters’ work a great addition to their<br />

community and have grown accustomed to the<br />

bilingual services.<br />

“I think it’s fantastic,” Joan Harney says. “They<br />

blend in very well and have gotten to know the<br />

ministers and preachers in the area.”<br />

A native of Puerto Rico, Sister Yolanda was<br />

living in Del Ray Beach, Fla., when she was called<br />

to become a Claretian Sister. She had a special<br />

desire to work in ministry with the Hispanic<br />

population in this part of the state because “they<br />

are not attended to.” She wants others in the<br />

Claretian Sister Yolanda Nunez sells<br />

Mexican food at a kiosk at Pioneer Day,<br />

an annual festival held in Mayo, Fla. in<br />

October. Money raised from the sale went<br />

to benefit the mission.<br />

diocese to know what goes on in their small, yet<br />

faithful and social community.<br />

Although challenging, Sister Yolanda enjoys<br />

working to integrate the Mexican culture into<br />

North Florida. “Bringing the two cultures<br />

together, Hispanic and American, is the big<br />

challenge,” she says. “They [the Mexicans] are<br />

trying. It’s not as easy as people tend to believe.<br />

They are all trying to become part of this country,<br />

but it’s not easy.”<br />

Helping where they can, the sisters know the<br />

importance of bringing more people into the<br />

growing church community. Before the sisters<br />

arrived, many residents had already decided<br />

to gather and raise money for a church. “Now<br />

that we have this,” Sister Yolanda says, gesturing<br />

around the adjoining meeting hall, “this gives<br />

them a place to come and worship together.”<br />

On Palm Sunday in April, more than 50<br />

people gathered for Mass and procession at the<br />

mission, a testament to the tireless work the<br />

Claretian Sisters have done in the past five years.<br />

Each of them knows this is what she has been<br />

called to do, and the sisters have advice for other<br />

women considering religious life.<br />

“Know there are many different types of<br />

sisters,” Sister Yolanda advises. “If they [women]<br />

have something inside they are trying to discern,<br />

listen to that.”<br />

“Be open and consider it an option in life,”<br />

Sister Tere adds. “Be open to God’s call if that’s<br />

what he indeed is calling you to. Be not afraid.”<br />

To learn more about the Claretian Sisters call<br />

Sister Claudia Ortega at (305) 274-6148 or visit<br />

www.claretiansisters.org. For more information about<br />

religious life, contact Dominican Sister Maureen<br />

Kelly, the bishop’s delegate for Religious at (904)<br />

264-0577 or email: mkelleyop@comcast.net.<br />

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<strong>St</strong>anding from left, Father Seamus O’Flynn, Bob Wesselman, John<br />

Barger, Mitch Heinz and Bishop Victor Galeone. Seated from left, Jan<br />

Wesselman, Mary Lou Barger and Cynthia Williams.<br />

The <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> Regional Office of <strong>Catholic</strong> Charities<br />

held their annual Good Samaritan Awards Dinner on April 16 in<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong>. Each year, <strong>Catholic</strong> Charities presents the Good<br />

Samaritan Awards to individuals in the community in recognition<br />

of their humanitarian service to others.<br />

Honorees are: John and Mary Lou Barger for their volunteer<br />

service with Community Hospice of Northeast Florida; Mitch<br />

Heinz for his work with the “Sandwich Mission”; Bob and Jan<br />

Wesselman for their work with “Missionaries of the Poor”; and<br />

Cynthia Williams, an advocate for disadvantaged youth. Father<br />

Seamus was honored with the Bishop John J. Snyder “Faith in<br />

Action” award for his many years of service to the people of the<br />

diocese.<br />

diocesan council of catholic women<br />

Faith and fellowship celebrated at convention<br />

DCCW Leadership Team members, Julie Rothery and Fran Gullman, present a<br />

check for $11,055 to Andy Duran, diocesan director of the Disabilities Ministry.<br />

26 <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>June</strong> 2007<br />

Seven priests and two deacons of the Diocese of Saint<br />

<strong>Augustine</strong> received special recognition from Bishop<br />

Victor Galeone for their years of service to the church at<br />

the Chrism Mass, celebrated April 4 of Holy Week at the<br />

Cathedral-Basilica of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong>.<br />

Celebrating golden jubilees (50 years of ordained ministry) are:<br />

Fathers Diego Conesa, James Corry, Joseph Finlay, Antonio Leon<br />

and Msgr. Eugene Kohls. Celebrating silver jubilees (25 years of<br />

ordained ministry) are: Fathers James Moss and Callistus Onwere<br />

and Deacons James Casapulla and Anthony Marini.<br />

Back row from left, Bishop Victor Galeone, Deacon Anthony Marini,<br />

Msgr. Eugene Kohls, Holy Ghost Father James Corry, Deacon James<br />

Casapulla and retired Bishop John Snyder. Front row from left, Fathers<br />

Joseph Finlay, Antonio Leon, Callistus Onwere and James Moss.<br />

The 77th annual Diocesan Council of <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Women (DCCW) Convention was held April<br />

14-15 at the Jacksonville Marriott Hotel. More<br />

than 100 women from across the diocese<br />

attended the two-day conference, which included<br />

talks such as, “The How-to’s of Successful Presentation<br />

Reports,” by keynote speaker Kathy Bonner, and “Pizzazz<br />

for Council,” by Jane Carter. All talks incorporated the<br />

conference theme, He gives you the Power – Use It.<br />

At a luncheon held on Sunday, Julie Rothery and<br />

Fran Gullman of the leadership team presented a check<br />

for $11,055 to Andy Duran, diocesan director of the<br />

Disabilities Ministry, to be used for Camp I Am Special,<br />

Camp Promise and Camp Care. The money was raised at<br />

a fundraising fashion show held last February.<br />

“The purpose [the convention] is to enlighten<br />

women… to join together all the different deaneries and<br />

have fun,” said Angela Becker, president of DCCW.<br />

Susie Nguyen

children get head-start<br />

New Childhood Center Dedicated<br />

On April 24, Bishop Victor Galeone dedicated a new Early<br />

Childhood Learning Center at Holy Rosary <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

School in Jacksonville.<br />

The project<br />

is part of a five-year strategic<br />

plan of the Guardian of<br />

Dreams Foundation of the<br />

Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong>.<br />

Funds for the center<br />

were raised during the<br />

Early Childhood Excellence<br />

Campaign that was initiated<br />

in February 2004, and raised<br />

more than $2 million for<br />

construction of the building Bishop Victor Galeone, joined by more<br />

than 200 friends and supporters,<br />

and its furnishings.<br />

dedicated a new Early Childhood<br />

The 6,400 square foot Learning Center at Holy Rosary <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

complex has classrooms for School in Jacksonville, April 24.<br />

children in pre-Kindergarten<br />

(ages three and four), a Kindergarten classroom, computer lab, resource<br />

room and an after school hall.<br />

Sister of Notre Dame Darlene Siebeneck is the director of the Early<br />

Childhood Program at Holy Rosary and <strong>St</strong>. Pius V <strong>Catholic</strong> schools<br />

located on Jacksonville’s north side.<br />

Research has found that participation in intensive, high-quality<br />

early-childhood education programs can improve school readiness.<br />

Children who attend such programs are less likely to drop out of<br />

school, repeat grades, or need special education than children who<br />

have not had such experiences.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> School Teachers Retire<br />

Seven <strong>Catholic</strong> school teachers, with a combined service of<br />

199 years, will retire this year. Bishop Victor Galeone formally<br />

recognized the teachers at the Teacher’s In-Service Day, March<br />

9, at Sacred Heart Parish in Jacksonville.<br />

From left: Elizabeth Jimenez (40 years), Susana Suarez (24<br />

years), Carol Voelker (37 years), Betty Lou Kelliher (25 years),<br />

Bishop Galeone, Donna Wilkey (25 years), Carol Hayley (26<br />

years) and Kathy Tierney (22 years).<br />

around<br />

around the diocese<br />

Special<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />

Teri Aschilman Retires<br />

Teri Aschilman, principal<br />

of Morning <strong>St</strong>ar School in<br />

Jacksonville will retire in <strong>June</strong> after<br />

32 years of service.<br />

Teri’s career in education began<br />

in January 1970 at the Morning<br />

<strong>St</strong>ar School in Tampa while she<br />

was a student at the University<br />

of South Florida. She was hired<br />

seven months later as a speech<br />

therapist for the Morning <strong>St</strong>ar<br />

School in Jacksonville. Teri served<br />

Teri Aschilman, principal of<br />

in this position until 1975 when Morning <strong>St</strong>ar School .<br />

she became the school’s principal.<br />

When Morning <strong>St</strong>ar School was opened in the Riverside<br />

section of Jacksonville in 1956, its purpose was to provide a<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> education for children who were physically handicapped.<br />

Today the school is located in the Arlington area of Jacksonville<br />

and specializes in providing a <strong>Catholic</strong> education for children with<br />

specific learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, dyslexia and<br />

mild emotional handicaps.<br />

The diocese thanks Teri for her dedicated service and wishes<br />

her many years of happiness in retirement.<br />

hispanic charismatics<br />

Fountain of Unity and Peace<br />

Hands were raised and the energy was high as more than<br />

400 Hispanic <strong>Catholic</strong>s met for the ninth annual Hispanic<br />

Charismatic Congress at <strong>St</strong>. Catherine Parish in Orange Park,<br />

April 21-22. The weekend included motivational talks by<br />

national speakers, a Healing Mass, confession, music, dancing and worship.<br />

Conference team leader,<br />

Chiqui Maldonado said,<br />

“We try to motivate people<br />

to lead their lives according<br />

to the Holy Spirit. We like to<br />

say, ‘We are not a movement<br />

in the church; it is the<br />

church moving.’” According<br />

to Chiqui, the congress is<br />

getting bigger each year.<br />

Named, Holy Spirit<br />

– Fountain of Unity and Peace,<br />

the conference was open to<br />

all <strong>Catholic</strong>s in the diocese<br />

Maria Astudillo and Marcela Acosta from<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Paul Parish, Douglas, Ga., raise their<br />

arms in praise and sing along with the<br />

worship music in Spanish.<br />

and beyond. Maria Astudillo and Marcela Acosta traveled from <strong>St</strong>. Paul<br />

Parish in Douglas, Ga., to attend. “We’ve come every year,” Marcela said.<br />

“We love the preaching. We love what we learn, and we can take that back<br />

and share it with others.”<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>June</strong> 2007 27<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />

Amelia Eudy

in the news…<br />

diocesan highlights<br />

The Office of Liturgy for the Diocese<br />

of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong> has received a<br />

$14,000 grant for a Music Mentoring<br />

Program from the Calvin Institute of<br />

Christian Worship of Grand Rapids, Mich.<br />

“We are ecstatic about being awarded the<br />

grant,” said Father Tom Willis, director of<br />

Liturgy for the diocese. “The mentoring<br />

program we have designed will help<br />

parishes with limited resources in having<br />

a musician trained and mentored to be a<br />

true pastoral musician for the parish.”<br />

Parish leaders in liturgical music who may<br />

be interested in applying to be part of the<br />

mentoring program may contact the Office of<br />

Liturgy at the <strong>Catholic</strong> Center (904)<br />

262-3200 or email: twillis@dosafl.com<br />

for further information. Deadline to apply is<br />

July 1, 2007.<br />

. . . . .<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Charities service center in<br />

Lake City has been named a new regional<br />

office under the corporation. “This is the first<br />

time a regional office has been established<br />

since 1976, when the Gainesville Regional<br />

Office was formed,” said Bill Beitz, diocesan<br />

director of <strong>Catholic</strong> Charities Bureau, Inc.<br />

The Lake City Regional Office will serve<br />

Columbia, Hamilton and Suwannee Counties<br />

in North Florida.<br />

Under the direction of Suzanne Edwards,<br />

newly appointed as the Chief Operating<br />

Officer and Executive Director, the regional<br />

office will continue its food and financial<br />

assistance program, Travelers Aid services, the<br />

Homeless Drop-in Center and the Food Bank<br />

of Suwannee Valley.<br />

. . . . .<br />

Michael Gannon, Ph.D. has a new book<br />

out called, History of Florida in 40 Minutes,<br />

published by University Press of Florida, 73<br />

pages, $24.95. According to Mark Pettus,<br />

in his Florida Times-Union nonfiction book<br />

review column of April 22, “Forty minutes<br />

for a history spanning 450 years might not<br />

seem like much, but Michael Gannon has<br />

proven that 40 minutes is enough time<br />

to teach almost anyone the basic facts of<br />

Florida history.” Dr. Gannon, professor<br />

emeritus of history at the University of<br />

Florida, has authored two other books<br />

on the Sunshine <strong>St</strong>ate: The New History of<br />

Florida and Florida, A Short History.<br />

28 <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>June</strong> 2007<br />

work life<br />

work life<br />

I had a great boss — he left<br />

now what?<br />

Tom<br />

worked for<br />

Ken for four<br />

years and<br />

thought he<br />

was a great<br />

boss.<br />

Tom says: Ken was my boss for about four years; he<br />

was probably the best manager I ever worked for. He<br />

was supportive, yet firm. Everyone seemed to like him;<br />

there was just something about his demeanor that drew<br />

people to him. He got things done; he was able to direct his team’s<br />

activities without being overbearing. We simply wanted to do quality<br />

work for him. He had a presence that was peaceful and inviting. He<br />

was a kind man, and people respected him. I was disappointed<br />

the day he announced he was taking early retirement. I’ve often<br />

felt that if he hadn’t retired, I’d still be working for him.<br />

The expert says:<br />

You experience these people in the<br />

workplace every once in a while.<br />

They are people to whom others<br />

are drawn; people you never hear<br />

anyone say anything negative<br />

about. They seem to peacefully<br />

go about their business and get<br />

things done without a lot of fanfare.<br />

Ken is a person who was close<br />

to achieving what is referred to in<br />

the Fifth Discipline Fieldbook as<br />

“personal mastery.” “In mastery,<br />

there is a sense of effortlessness<br />

and joyousness. This feeling stems<br />

from the ability to understand<br />

and work with the forces<br />

around you” (Art Kleiner,<br />

p 194). We all have a<br />

personal vision for<br />

our lives and career.<br />

Frustration occurs<br />

when we don’t<br />

achieve our vision<br />

quickly<br />

enough<br />

due to our<br />

current<br />

Tim Ryan<br />

circumstances. This frustration<br />

often translates into turfism, politics<br />

and power struggles because<br />

we’re trying too hard. “Personal<br />

mastery” reflects one’s ability<br />

to “have a sense of deliberate<br />

patience – with themselves and<br />

the world” (Fieldbook p 195). When<br />

this happens, there is a greater<br />

enthusiasm, which ultimately<br />

translates into tangible results.<br />

Another term we often use for<br />

people such as Ken is “salt of the<br />

earth.” That term comes from<br />

Matthew’s Gospel, in which Christ<br />

refers to us as salt of the earth. “If<br />

salt loses its flavor it is no longer<br />

good for anything” (Mt 5:13). If we<br />

allow our current circumstances<br />

to diminish our sense of purpose,<br />

vision or enthusiasm, we cannot<br />

positively change. So how do<br />

we establish and maintain our<br />

personal vision in the face of<br />

the work we do?<br />

• Base your personal vision on<br />

God’s plan of serving one<br />

another, not selfish desires for<br />

money or power.<br />

• Recognize the characteristics of<br />

personal mastery, reflect the gifts of<br />

the Holy Spirit (i.e. peace, patience,<br />

kindness, joy) and thus, pray for<br />

grace to receive those gifts.<br />

• Do not expect to achieve<br />

personal mastery overnight; trust<br />

God to guide you over time.<br />

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ook review<br />

In the United <strong>St</strong>ates, the connections<br />

between religion and organized sports<br />

are, according to author William J.<br />

Baker, both complex and uneasy. Yet,<br />

at the same time, there is no doubt that the<br />

two are well nigh inseparable in the American<br />

mind.<br />

“Religion and sport<br />

especially are joined, at<br />

the altar of commercial<br />

interest,” Baker writes in<br />

Playing With God: Religion<br />

and Modern Sport. “As<br />

sports promoters seek<br />

publicity and lively<br />

attendance at their events, and<br />

as churches seek wholesome activities and<br />

a podium for their message, their marriage<br />

seems made in heaven.”<br />

Author Baker takes the reader on a<br />

fascinating and informative trek through the<br />

history of the intimacy between religion and<br />

sports in America. “The long arc of modern<br />

sport’s interaction with religion can best be<br />

viewed as a dance,” Baker concludes, “in<br />

which the terms of engagement have changed<br />

over time.”<br />

Tom Hafer, author of Faith & Fitness: Diet<br />

and Exercise for a Better World, is a registered<br />

physical therapist and<br />

certified athletic trainer. In<br />

this book, Hafer prods the<br />

reader to think of physical<br />

fitness and diet in more<br />

holistic terms, indeed, in<br />

the context of one’s faith<br />

relationship with God.<br />

“It is only by God’s<br />

grace that we are made whole,” Hafer notes.<br />

At the same time, his book admirably brings<br />

a global perspective to his discussion: “When<br />

we are disciplined with our overabundance<br />

while concerning ourselves with the poor, a<br />

redistribution of resources occurs throughout<br />

our global community. … In this new<br />

paradigm shift, wellness is no longer selfcentered,<br />

but centered on Christ and the least<br />

of these, our neighbors.”<br />

Playing With God: Religion and Modern Sport,<br />

by William J. Baker. Harvard University Press,<br />

311 p., $29.95. Faith & Fitness: Diet and<br />

Exercise for a Better World, by Tom P. Hafer.<br />

Augsburg Books, 143 pp., $14.99.<br />

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<strong>June</strong> 10<br />

Ministry Formation Program<br />

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<strong>June</strong> 15-22<br />

Guided Retreat: Beatitudes of<br />

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<strong>June</strong> 22<br />

Theology-on-Tap – A program and<br />

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<strong>June</strong> 22-24<br />

Engaged Encounter – A marriage<br />

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<strong>June</strong> 22-24<br />

Silent Retreat –<br />

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<strong>June</strong> 23<br />

Ordination to Priesthood –<br />

Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Cathedral-Basilica<br />

of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong>. Bishop Victor Galeone<br />

will ordain Deacons David Ruchinski,<br />

Robert Trujillo and <strong>St</strong>even Zehler to the<br />

priesthood. Community is invited to<br />

attend ceremony.<br />

<strong>June</strong> 24-29<br />

Camp Risk – Marywood’s annual camp<br />

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<strong>June</strong> 25<br />

Queen of Peace Anniversary<br />

Celebration Monday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.,<br />

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July<br />

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